Overnight Oats + Thoughts on Fear...

A lot has happened in the last month here in good ol' Austin, Texas. It was a month of fear, sadness, and despair, but also one of newfound passion, inspiration, and motivation.

Let me explain.

If you keep up at all with the news, you'll probably have heard about the Austin bombings. Looking back, I can pinpoint each moment where my anxiety about the situation heightened, the fear and feelings of hopelessness punching me in the gut over and over again. 

I was at lunch with my mom. She walked away to pick up our order and as she walked back over to me, musing aloud, "Did you hear there was a second bombing?", my phone buzzed. It was the news station. There had been a third.

I was at dinner with my boyfriend week later. We were trying a new (to us) Indian food restaurant off of Southwest Parkway after a long, beautiful afternoon of hiking. As we were driving home, our phones both buzzed. The news, again. There had been another bombing, off Southwest Parkway. They were getting closer, both in distance to me and frequency.

We were on our way to the grocery store off Brodie Lane a couple days later, when our phones buzzed, again. Brodie Lane was shut down. There had been another bombing.

It was a rough couple of weeks. I was afraid to walk my dog. I was never fully present anywhere I went during SXSW, with dark possibilities lurking in the back of my mind. And now that it's all over and done with and I feel like I just stepped out of an episode of CSI, I feel sad that I let fear put a halt on my life, my livelihood, for an entire month. That is, after all, what the bomber wanted, isn't it?

Fear is a very powerful thing. It keeps us safe, maybe, but it blocks the path to so many wonderful opportunities. Fear will keep you from going after the career you've always wanted. Taking the trip you've always wanted to go on. Fighting for the relationship you know you deserve. It will keep you from pretty much everything worth living for, if you let it. 

They say if it doesn't scare you, it's not worth it.

Not to say that if your neighborhood is being bombed that you should say F it all to hell and traipse around with your eyes closed with not a care in the world. Not my point. But more to say, fear has the ability to give you this false sense of safety, in return for you sacrificing what it is you really want. And most of the time, your fears? Irrational. 

You can choose how fear affects you. You can let it rob you of the person you want to be or living the life you want to live, or you can let it motivate you to push past it and see what incredible opportunities await you on the other side.

Anyways. Oatmeal.

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I really like oatmeal. Not the soupy, sugary instant oats that come in a packet, but classic rolled oats, simmered low and slow over the stove with almond milk, vanilla, and spices, until they're fluffy and thick and ready to be topped with whatever you fancy.

Unfortunately, it's already 85 and rising in Texas and I can't really stomach the thought of warm oats anymore. Enter: overnight oats. The love child between chia pudding and oatmeal that still yields the thick, fluffy texture I desire, but cold and almost pudding-like, and super filling. Also, still a perfect canvas for all the toppings.

The best part? You mix everything up in a jar, pop it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning it's READY TO BE DEVOURED at your discretion. How novel.

Coconut-Vanilla Superfood Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp coconut cream (or coconut-flavored greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 tsp ashwaganda or superfood powder of choice (optional)

Mix everything in a jar or Tupperware bowl. Let rest overnight in the fridge. In the morning, top with a healthy dollop of peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) and banana (or other fruit of choice).

Enjoy! And remember: do something that scares you today!